Activities

Note: Unless otherwise specified in an activity’s description, there is no need to contact the leader to sign up for the activity – just show up on time at the designated meeting spot.

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Activities for January, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 10:00am
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: 4-5 mi ELEV GAIN: 460 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Howard Shapiro - 480-962-9321

Meet at 10:00 am (depart at 10:25) at the Holiday Inn parking lot (east side) of Country Club and US 60.

The trail starts out flat and then at the end there is a loop section with the majority of the elevation gain. Bring the usual stuff: water, hiking shoes, and something to eat at the halfway point.

Call leader to verify that the hike has not been cancelled in the event of rain. There is no sign up, just show up. Children - okay.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 6:30am
Rating:
A LENGTH: 15-16 mi ELEV GAIN: 3600 ft PACE: Medium-Fast (~2.5mph)
Leaders:
Don Mowry - dgmowry@gmail.com, 480-209-7963

Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at the Holiday Inn on the SW corner of Country Club and US 60.

This hike offers great views of Weaver's Needle from all directions. We'll climb Bluff Springs Trail and connect with the Terrapin Trail. We'll extend this hike to include a side trip to the top of Black Top Mesa for lunch, then loop around Black Top Mesa and return on the Peralta Trail. There are three significant climbs: Bluff Springs, Black Top Mesa, and up the Peralta at the Dutchman crossover. I recommend zip-off long pants due to some cat’s claw bushes on the Terrapin Trail.

Bring 3-4 liters of water, electrolytes, and food. No dogs or children please. Bring raingear.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 7:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12-13 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1700 ft PACE: Slow to Medium
Leaders:
Cathy Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo, 602-639-2702

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Walmart parking lot at the south Signal Butte Rd. exit off of US 60. Park on the Signal Butte Rd. side of the lot.

This hike starts at the First Water Trailhead and will follow the Lost Dutchman Trail #104 to Boulder Canyon Trial # 103 and return via Trail #236. There are 22 creek crossings in Boulder Canyon, so named for its boulders. These boulder crossings are a real ankle workout, so consider this a strenuous B+ hike. The views are awesome all along the way. This is a riparian area and cat country. This is an all-day hike.

Bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, hat, and camera and hiking sticks (optional).

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 4:45pm
Rating:
Fun!

Join fellow AzOTC members for happy hour prior to our monthly meeting at the Granite Reef Senior Center. Carlsbad Tavern offers New Mexican cuisine, including a great selection of food and drinks, in their “bat cave.” The Tavern has won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last three years. 3313 North Hayden Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 It’s located on the east side of Hayden Road, just south of Osborn (across the street from Office Max), and about two miles north of the Senior Center.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 6:45pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE MEETING ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH BEGINNING JANUARY 7, 2015. WE ARE ALSO MEETING AT A NEW LOCATION: Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N Granite Reef Road Scottsdale, AZ 85257 The Senior Center is west of the 101 freeway and just north of McDowell Rd. The meeting time will remain the same - 6:45 PM We have the privilege of kicking off the new year with Glen Jenks, who lived in Ecuador for several months and visited Peru during the same time period. Join Glen as he walks us through his journey via photographs and fascinating human interest stories. He'll tell us some of his experiences while living in/visiting these two small countries while teaching us about their culture, telling us what it's like to live on/near the equator, showing us photos of their cathedrals and marketplaces, and ending with Q&A. Mark your calendars because you don't want to miss our first meeting of the New Year.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 7:15am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 8.4 mi ELEV GAIN: 2270 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bev - 480-415-7147

Meet at 7:15 am (depart at 7:30) at Wendy's on Shea Blvd. in Fountain Hills, just west of the Beeline Hwy.

Our hike, south of Sunflower, is a typical desert hike with rocks, scree, and steep sections, but it is also very beautiful with cactus, holly, and rust-colored rock formations. We'll begin on the Pine Creek Loop trail for a mile and a half before getting onto the Ballantine Trail. While on the Ballantine Trail, we'll hike through Camp Creek and an area called the Boulders. True to its name, there are boulders in this area the size of a house. After going through the Boulders, we'll have a short incline before dropping into Ballantine Canyon, where we’ll stop for a quick lunch break at an interesting old cabin next to a corral, then head back to our starting point on the same trail.

Hiking sticks are helpful due to scree on the trail. Also bring 2-3 quarts of water, snacks, and a light lunch.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:45am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12.6 mi ELEV GAIN: 2300 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836 (H), 303-868-0216 (C)

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) on the south side of the Kohl's parking lot, one block south of the 202 San Tan Freeway at the Arizona Ave exit.

This is an undulating desert hike in the Rincon Mountain foothills below Tanque Verde Ridge. We'll top out at about 4500'. Classic Sonoran landscape and MacDougal's cactus are found here as well as expansive views of the Rincon Mountains. The Quilter Trail portion of this hike is exploratory since this new trail was constructed in 2012 to connect to the Arizona Trail.

Optional dinner stop in Tucson for this all-day adventure.

No dogs please.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:00am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 6.5 mi ELEV GAIN: <500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Grace Chen - 480-767-1727

Meet at 8:00 am (depart at 8:15) at Fry's on 90th and Shea Blvd, just east of loop 101 OR meet us at Fraesfield Mountain Trailhead on Dynamite Blvd just west of N 136th St. at 8:45.

Join us in exploring this relatively new northern McDowell Sonoran Preserve area. We will do a loop hike encompassing Whiskey Bottle Trail, Turpentine Trail, 136th St. Express, etc. Been on some tough hikes? This gentle, easy hike is guaranteed to stretch out your sore muscles and improve blood circulation to flush out any lactic acid built up.

Bring snack, water, and sunscreen.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 9:00am
Rating:
Light work,food and fun.
Leaders:
Marilyn Schrab - marilyn.rebird@gmail.com
Paula Bentley - pbentley@truevine.net
Pam Cissik - pamcissik@gmail.com

We will meet at 9:00 am at the Wendy's near Shea and the Beeline and car pool to our adopted mile of the Beeline Highway and pick up any litter.

Dress for the weather, wear closed toe shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen. If you have a trash picker bring it. We will have extra water and snacks but bring a pack carry them in.

When we return we will go to the Fountain Park at Fountain Hills where Paula will have a delicious meal for us. PLEASE E-MAIL OR CALL PAULA IF YOU ARE COMING SO THAT SHE WILL KNOW HOW MUCH FOOD TO PREPARE.

Sunday, January 18, 2015
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C+ LENGTH: ~8 mi ELEV GAIN: ~1000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn Mark" - 602-725-4993, mnashley@yahoo.com

Call or email the leader by 8 pm on the Friday before hike for meeting location and time. Be prepared for January conditions in the high desert. Weather can impact this trail and tempt the leader to go skiing instead, so please contact leader by the aforementioned time.

Warm up for the AFC championship game with a hike around Granite Mountain near Rio Verde. I estimate 8 miles of mostly easy trails that are popular for both hikers and trail bikers.

Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, and layer your clothing.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 7:45am
Rating:
B LENGTH: ~10 mi ELEV GAIN: <1500 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Ralph Engler - 602-996-7312(H), 480-855-7062(C)

Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8:00) at my house 3343 E. Hatcher Rd. in Phoenix - about .5 mile south of Shea, east on Hatcher.

This is a scenic hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve returning to my back patio.

Bring water, snacks and sunscreen. No dogs or children.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 6:45am
Rating:
A- LENGTH: 13.2 mi ELEV. GAIN: 2700 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Bud Tasch - 480-802-2836 (H), 303-868-0216 (C)

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) on the south side of the Kohl's parking lot, one block south of the 202 San Tan Freeway at the Arizona Ave. exit.

The Douglas Spring Trail passes through lush a Sonoran landscape bisected by several canyons and pools on its way to the wonderful oasis at the Douglas Spring back-country campground. We'll top out at about 4800' but expect looming Mica Mountain at 8700' to be snow-covered. Along the way, there is an interesting side trail to Bridal Wreath Falls.

Optional dinner stop in Tucson for this all-day adventure. No dogs please.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 8:30am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C- LENGTH: 3.5 mi ELEV GAIN: 400 ft PACE: Slow
Leaders:
Larry A - ashcrofbks@yahoo.com, 602-789-9548

Meet at 8:30 am (depart at 8:45) at the Park-and-Ride on the south side of Bell Rd., just west of I-17. Some of us will meet next door at Denny’s, approx. 7:30 am, for breakfast.

This is a casual hike on one of Lake Pleasant’s newest trails (opened November, 2014) and with some of the most stunning scenery and overlooks of any trail in the park. You will be able to take occasional stops for views or photo ops. The in-and-out trail is well groomed with most of the climbing on the final 1/4 mile as it narrows down and has several switchbacks.

We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at Wild Horse West Restaurant, 8400 W. Carefree Highway. The adventure will be canceled if the weather is bad.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks, and $$ for carpool. There is a $6 per vehicle park entrance fee. Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome. No need to call leader to sign up, just show at the appointed time.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 7:00am
Rating:
B LENGTH: 10.9 mi ELEV GAIN: 1200 ft PACE: Slow to medium
Leaders:
Cathy Schuyler - cschuyler@q.com
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com, 602-639-2702

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Burger King, just south of US 60 at the NE corner of Power Rd and Superstition Springs Blvd.

This hike starts at Peralta Trailhead and we will follow Trail 104 (Lost Dutchman Trail) up a small hill and eventually intersect with Trail 108 (Coffee Flats Trail), which will go past Miner's Needle and Castle Rock. Gorgeous views!

This will be a good chance to get a workout and to get away from holiday stresses.

Bring hat, good boots, 2 or 3 quarts of water, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:00am
Rating:
B+ LENGTH: 12 mi. ELEV. GAIN: 1200 ft. PACE: Fast
Leaders:
Dan Rothman - dwrr1@yahoo.com, 480-773-5197

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride at the southwest corner of the Bell Road exit to I-17.

We’ll hike to and visit some of the most well-known and beautiful landmarks in Red Rock Country, including the Courthouse Butte Loop, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock. Those wishing to will have the opportunity to scramble up Bell and Cathedral Rocks. The pace will be from 2.5 mph to 3.0 mph. Check the weather and dress appropriately.

A Red Rock Pass or National Parks Pass is required at the trailhead.

Afterwards, we’ll have the option to stop for something to eat in Sedona or Oak Creek.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water.

Non-members - $5 fee and always call the hike leader before the hike.